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The South West's Creative Industries

People in the creative industries often work alone or in small groups, away from the eyes of the public. Think animators sitting behind computers, writers tapping away at keyboards or artists working in backyard studios. It's little wonder then that it hasn't always been obvious just how much of a contribution the sector makes to the South West's economy.

A new report however throws the spotlight on the creative industries, highlighting the value of the sector to the region and the state. Click on the link below to view the report.

Economic Opportunities for Creative Industries in Western Australia's South West Region

Contribution to the economy

The creative sector contributes $306million to the South West regional economy annually. It adds almost $150million in gross regional product and helps generate exports of $70million annually. Put another way, if employees in the region's creative occupations and creative industries in the South West were removed, the state stands to lose annual exports of $70million, and annual gross state product amounting to $150million.

Contribution to employment

The South West creative workforce is growing at a rate of 3.6 per cent per year. At the time of the 2011 ABS Census, there were 1095 people working in the creative economy, 383 of which were creative specialists and 268 of which were employed in creative occupations in industries not traditionally thought of as being creative. Ten per cent of the State's film, television and radio specialists are based in the region.

Did you know?
More people are employed in the creative industries in the South West than in finance and insurance services or information, media and telecommunications divisions.